Well, I have dragged out from the abyss that is my Spare Sock Drawer (a drawer full of holey, odd and threadbare socks and baggy tights and unsuitable pants For Emergencies Only-we all have one don't we....don't we????) my swimsuit, untouched for years, and laid it out ready for tomorrow. I have bought a miniature swimsuit from the Wriggly one (actually I've bought two as she is sort of between sizes and I didn't fancy the parade of getting a baby to try on a swimming costume in the changing rooms, that hates getting undressed/dressed at the best of times. Also, I don't think the Newcastle is yet ready for my tuneless rendition of Old MacDonald/Wheels on the Bus mash up, which at present is the only way to soothe said screaming not-so-infant) and even found a spare towel. Because tomorrow starts a round of hydrotherapy.
I am a bit nervous.
I suspect the last time anyone saw my legs outside encasing of jeans or woolly tights was probably slightly under two years ago. The last time someone saw me in a swimming costume, god help them, was errrrr quite a bit before that. I did go swimming* as a student and Wriggles has baths on a regular basis, but we are yet to brave the waters together. I am slightly nervous about dropping a slippy baby. I imagine it will make a very poor impression. Last night we had a "trial run" in a very deep bath. Wriggles was quite skittish at first but didn't hate it which bodes well. I am more nervous about catching the correct bus in the morning as we (well, I. It is definitely my fault) are pathologically late for everything, and also getting on said bus as the bus drivers in my area have a vendetta against pushchairs.
Apart from that, it should be grand. Hydrotherapy is essentially a very warm swimming pool, around body temperature I think, to do exercises in and help decrease muscle tone and increase muscle strength. (Hydrotherapy is also a bit like colonic irrigation-but that is a different kind and one I definitely hope we will not be subjected too) It is said to help with a vast range of ailments and conditions and help build up physical strength. Hopefully also relax slightly stressed mummies! Wriggles has had regular physio since about 32 weeks gestation, still in an incubator in SCBU for Froggyitus**, a common prem condition, and continues to have it as her development is a bit erratic in areas.
We are very lucky in that our community physio team is very proactive and the two physios we have seen have been utter sanity savers. Not only patient, but also very informative and willing to spend that extra bit of time explaining things and answering all of my pestering questions and deciphering doctor terminology. I like the more holistic approach they take also, rather than "Oh I'll just transfer you to so-and-so....." and they way they are willing to chase up other people!
I may craft some medals out of left-over chocolate money to get into the Olympics vibe...
**NOT a genuine medical term, but when said prem splays limbs out like a mad frog. Premature babies lack the ability to work against gravity, meaning that they cannot move between the stretching out and curling up positions. This is why positioning is so important, especially in the early days. It recreates positions in the womb, rather than letting the baby lie in a heap which is not very comfortable and will add to muscle tone problems.